Deborah Berke Partners Celebrates Opening of 21c Museum Hotel Nashville
May 15, 2017
On May 9, we celebrated the opening of the 21c Museum Hotel Nashville, our seventh collaboration with 21c Museum Hotels. The project, led by Partner Deborah Berke with Senior Principal Stephen Brockman and Principal Terrence Schroeder, transformed a former hardware store and warehouse into a 21st century boutique hotel and destination restaurant.
Our design highlights the history of the Gray & Dudley Hardware Company building while reflecting contemporary Nashville’s vibrancy. Featuring a new Second Avenue entrance, public areas honor an industrial legacy with concrete floors and exposed brick; rich upholstery, a sophisticated color palette, and metal accents create an eclectic, contemporary juxtaposition of materials and furnishings. Contemporary art is incorporated throughout the hotel and concentrated in the linear gallery leading to the restaurant.
Gray & Dudley, the hotel’s Southern farm-to-table restaurant, features a double-height space centered on a custom wood and blackened steel bar with copper and zinc accents. An outdoor dining area on Bank Alley brings new activity to this downtown passage.
The hotel also features conference and meeting facilities overlooking the double-height restaurant, 124 guest rooms, and a penthouse rooftop addition. Historic exposed brick and timber beams are occasionally revealed to add texture and underscore the building’s history and materiality. Even the guest rooms include contemporary art from 21c’s renowned collection.